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6 Ds For A Simpler And Happier Life

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius


Life is better lived when lived simply. A life simplified is happiness multiplied.

Remember these 6 Ds to live a simpler and happier life.


6 Ds For A Simpler And Happier Life



Distinguish your needs from your wants.

Reality check:

You need a bag, you want a Luis Vuitton.
You need food, you want ice cream.
You need to quench your thirst and water will do but you want soda.
 
You don't need to go with the trend or buy items you don't really need.

Humans will always crave or desire for something. But you will only stress yourself if you try to keep up with the latest technology or fashion trend.

For business to keep going, these brands are obliged to keep making new inventions. They're paid to persuade you.

Before you buy anything, ask yourself if it will really make your life easier or add value to it. Chances are, you're not buying out of logic. You may just be doing it to show off. That's what advertising do---convince you that your life will be better if you buy their products.

But really, you should know better. Know Your Worth.




Donate, throw, or sell.

Say goodbye to all those items accumulating dusts and occupying space in your house but are not really used.
Throw the junk.
Donate what you think can still be used by someone else.
Sell what is still marketable or of good value and quality.

Remember that one man's trash is another man's treasure.

 



Develop a system.

Nothing makes things more complicated than an unorganized mind.
Create a check list.

Follow your schedule but be flexible if changing it is needed.

Create a system. Be lenient with deadlines and details though, or else you'll beat yourself up trying to finish everything and follow them by the book. Just stick to your goal.
  
Make a journal and write down everything you need to accomplish for the day. Rank them according to urgency and importance. Follow Mark Twain's advice: "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day."

Name your files and folders appropriately.

Place the things you always need where you can find them easily so you don't have to waste your time searching and taking out things from their places. (Read: 8 Simple Housekeeping Tips I've Learned From Living Alone)

Label your items or put them in a storage box and label accordingly.




Disconnect.

As helpful as the internet is, find time to disconnect.

You can accomplish more things when you disconnect from the world wide web.
You can rest better if you turn off your TV or your computer (studies show you sleep better if you go offline 1 hour before bedtime).

Some stress comes from what we see on the internet or TV.

Life's better and you'll be happier if you look at the stars at night instead.




Detox.

Detox your body.
Detox your body from junk food and sedentary lifestyle. It's not easy to shift to a balanced diet if you're used to eating fast food or if you prepare your meal through the microwave.

But you actually save yourself from more trouble and complications in the long run if you simplify your lifestyle and eat healthy instead.

Detox your mind.
Stay away from people who suck the energy and happiness out of you.
Don't get stuck in a job that does not make you grow, does not pay you well, and stresses you out.
Free your mind from negative thoughts; worries, fears and self-criticisms.

Change the way you look at things and you'll be amazed by how it can change your life.


Detox from negative feelings.
Science revealed that our negative emotions affect our general wellness:

Hopelessness causes lung problems.
Rigidity causes migraine.
Anger causes insomnia.
Aggressiveness causes gastric ulcers.
Anxiety causes digestive problems and skin problems.




Define your own success.

People often run the race without knowing what they're after. They just go with the crowd and so they often get lost, they get sidetracked, or they simply quit.
Running after the prize without knowing what is it will leave you demotivated. Living a life without direction is like driving around in circles, you get nowhere and you waste gas. It's a total nonsense.

We follow the lead of others and reject what we really need. We create our purpose with other people's purpose. We forget to align them with our passion.

If you know what will fulfill your needs and find a way to chase your own dreams, you have found success.



Every area of your life needs to be simplified if you want to be happier.

There is no point in carrying heavy baggage and making life complicated. Leave Your Baggage And Move On.

Live simply and you'll thank yourself later.



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70 comments

  1. Thanks you so much for the detox-tip. Love all your funny pics. God bless you!
    http://shininglikestarsdutch.blogspot.nl/

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  2. Wow! I don't know what to say! You are so talented and I followed you during the whole read! Love this btw! It reminded me that living simply is the best. I have never been a fan of consuming things that I don't need. And the detox tips are really good, thanks!

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  3. Great thoughts to share this morning, Lux. My mother used to always ask me that question, when I would go shopping....is that something you need, or is it something you want?

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  4. This was such a delight to read this write up!! Really inspiring and impressive! Thanks for sharing :)

    Ritcha
    http://www.myglossyaffair.com/
    http://www.myfashionfootprints.com/

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  5. Detox and Define your own success are a must! Thanks for this! <3

    Have a great day!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  6. Great ,important ,Points! You always find the right Words ,you are wonderful <3
    i am now on twitter ,i follow you with pleasure :)

    Have a lovely Day ,lots of Hugs

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  7. Excellent advice. Each and every one of these are excellent.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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  8. True True True! But as always, things are easier said than done :-/

    PS- Love the Mr. Monk meme :D

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  10. I read this and I was nodding...Lovely post Luxy! Simplicity is one way that leads to happiness..

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  11. Cool! Wish you all the best!

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  12. This post was bomb! I love the part about science revealing how negative emotions affect certain functions of the body. I've been studying Caroline Leaf's work lately. She's big on this. You should check out one of her books when you get the chance if you have not. :)

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  13. These are all good points Lux... I think disconnecting from the internet and social media is an important one, even if it's only for an evening or day ♡ xox

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  14. I agree with what you wrote here, especially number 1. I am guilty of confusing wants with needs. Sometimes I buy things which will just accumulate dust in our house. So much money and time wasted on unnecessary wants.

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  15. Hi Lux! I like the 'detox' and the 'detach' points. I think I overload myself with worry about all the stuff I think I have to get done 'right now!!', that I miss what's happening right in front of my face. Ugh!

    If I did only half of what you have listed here, I know I'd have a happier life.
    Ceil

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  16. I'm pursuing a simpler life every day. Little by little I'm whittling down my belongings, my schedule, my expectations. Taking life one day at a time and seeking God's plan for each day is so important. If I follow His plan, I'll be where I need to be tomorrow.

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  17. Oh wow, if it's anyting I need in life it's a system.

    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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  18. I'm visiting from Jennifer Dukes Lee's site. Really enjoyed your 6D's and wonderful videos.
    thanks!

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  19. hi. visiting from laura boggess's place. great post. i so need to do ALL OF THEM!
    blessings,
    s.rae

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  20. Love that Mark Twain quote! I'd never heard it before! I love that guy... too funny! (Your neighbor at Holley's place)

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  21. Some great practical tips here!

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  22. Oooosssshhheeey Turn uP! This was a very ghen ghen read oh! I mean it strikes me oh! You strike me! How are you able to churn out such wisdom?! Biko can I be like you when i grow up Mbok?! You just always make sense.

    I particularly like the one about "Pursing Succees" I mean truly yeah, if we do not know where we are gong.. or what we are running after.. It will all just be a fool's journey that leads no where.. Thinking about it though.. I dont think i really like to organize my mind.. I for one feel a ghen ghen thrill in the chaos that is called my mind.. i mean if i was internally organised yeah.. i wont be Young and Confused nah **Confused in caps oh! **Wears Evil grin... Oh well i think its important to above all "LIVE SIMPLY".. Cause complexity is nothing but little tiny winny things piled up in a large cluster.. Cheers Lux.. this was a very ghen ghen read.. :) and the crowd goes... yyyyeeeaahh mehn... How are you bae?! :P

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  23. I'm an expert when it comes to buying only things that are really needed... Except when we're talking food; in that case I'm 100% impulsive ;-)

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  24. Some wonderful tips! I am all about living a simple stress-free life and you hit the mark on all of our tips! Thanks for sharing.

    I would love it you shared it on the new Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop!
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  25. All 6 tips are amazing. One and six are my favorites. I really should do it that way :)
    Happy Friday sweetie!

    xx

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  26. Great tips shared in such a fun way. I try not to conform to the 'must haves,' They end up cluttering my world and mind.less is more...more of life. Great post Lux.

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  27. Amazing tips and gifs! =)

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  28. I like the idea of simplification. I think be more selective about what I purchase is a great start. Of course, less screen time would help too. I love reading blogs though.

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  29. Great advice from you Lux! Love all of these (except perhaps the one about eating the frog, but hey that's just me :) ) and it's so true about decluttering your mind as well as your life. Thanks so much for linking this up at #sharethejoy and glad to have found your blog! x

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  30. These are great tips! I love how you organized this post by Ds!

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  31. Develop a system is a great piece of advice, without a system my life would disintegrate

    Katie
    Comets

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  32. Thanks for the tips!

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  33. Reading your posts is always a deep pleasure for me :)))
    Have a wonderful weekend :)))
    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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  34. These are great Ds and worth think about more often! Especially love #6 -- we need a direction or how can we know if we have gotten there? Another great post.

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  35. great tips dear
    i need to develop a system and be a bit organised
    great post too

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  36. Great and well thought out post, I'd really benefit from so much of this.

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  37. Amazing post!
    Have a nice week end!
    Photographer Gil Zetbase
    http://www.gilzetbase.com/

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  38. All great tips! I really like the last one :)

    Florals&Smiles
    Twitter

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  39. Omgosh...love this post!! It's just these little things that we need in life to go on, you know what i mean? <3 So thank you for sharing these!! <3

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  40. Great reminders Lux! Disconnecting from technology and even from the stressful world once in a while really helps to revisit our lifestyle and simplify it to include only what is needed and what is truly important.

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  41. yes to systems and detox! :) I'm a vegetarian so I'm detoxed all the time, but it ain't easy detoxing your mind from rubbish :)

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  42. Hi Lux, this is a super amazing advice. You won't believe how useful they are to my personal life. Thanks to Hannah for the suggestion and thanks for paying attention and doing a good work on it.
    Many Blessings to you.

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  43. Indeed, the simpler the better.

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  44. Great post lux... I have so many things that need to be thrown away..This one pointer is stuck on my mind and I promise i will do it soon :)

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  45. I love you breaking these up into six "D's." They're so much easier to remember that way. :-)

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  46. Great tips indeed... living a simple life is a beautiful thing, and my goal every day! Have a blessed and simplified day today :)

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  47. I love this post! Especially because Simple is my word for the year. Just retweeted! Great tips. :)

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  48. Your posts are always so meaningful! I like the idea of the detoxing and surrounding yourself with positive and supportive forces. I am someone who really knows what my goals are and what success is to me, and I have a system because I am such an organised person! It doesn't always work for me, but more often does than doesn't :)

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  49. You are right! But I am a woman who loves to make every moment of my time counts and relaxing for me is doing something.
    But anyway...good to live a life without carrying a heavy load. Good to have God as Our Father where we can ask help when Our burdens are too heavy to carry.

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  50. Yes, all good advice, but especially when there is saturation must be disconnected!

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  51. Wonderful tips, Lux!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  52. When I grow up, I want to write as beautifully as you do :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  53. This was of great help!! You indeed have summed up everything so naturally!

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  54. Hey what great suggestions to follow to simplify. I like what you said about detox your body, mind and feelings (emotions.) So true. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  55. wowl.. beautifully written and quite true as well :) I also write such posts :D

    Maybe you have time to see my dream post It's New York baby!

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    Love
    Akanksha

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  56. You shared some great D's Thanks!

    Please drop by and say hello!

    Blessings,
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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  57. Good advice. Sometimes we need these reminders! #sharethejoy
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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  58. Great post, lady! Need vs. want is a constant battle for me, ha. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  59. Amazing post, Thanks for sharing. xx

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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  60. What great advice! I like each one of your D's but this summer I will be working on donating in order to de-clutter. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  61. This is an awesome list! Love this kind of D List! Thanks for the inspiration

    @spreadingJOY

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  62. Great advice. simplify and detoxing. Especially from those that just pour negativity all over everything.

    @Christianrep

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  63. Great list, Lux! You always find the best videos! Blessings to you and hope you have an awesome weekend :) #bloggercaregroup

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  64. Great D tips to keep life simpler! Thanks for sharing, including those fun photos! ;) <3

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  65. A simpler life is a happier life, in my opinion. Great tips here!!

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  66. Nice work, Lux. :-) Good tips in there!

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